JUST FOR THE HEALTH OF IT: Think positively

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First Posted: 5/21/2013

Sometimes life takes you to places you’ve never dreamed of going, not in the physical sense, but rather, emotionally.

At times it can feel like the deck is stacked against you – like you are up against a wall battling life issues, weight loss, or even just trying to get to the gym. We struggle with work, relationships, the kids, and with family. Sometimes we feel lost, frustrated and we want to quit. Now is the time to reevaluate and streamline your focus.

The upside is that we can take control of our lives this very moment. It may not be easy, but that’s OK. The work we may have to put forth is the lesson we are ultimately after. If everything was handed to us, this lesson would be watered down.

Accept imperfection. No human is perfect. You skipped a workout. Don’t fret – tomorrow is a brand new day. You ate pizza, good. But don’t do it again tomorrow. Life is a series of rebirth and destruction, a constant cycle of ups and downs. And no matter what, we always have the ability to redeem ourselves.

Don’t be so hard on yourself. Keep moving forward. Every small step is forward progress, even if it’s slow. You will have slip-ups and set backs. Accept them and move on. Learning from our mistakes develops personal growth.

Remember that effort is success. Remember that your workouts need not be perfect; same for your diet. Instead of shooting for 100 percent, aim for a more realistic 80 percent.

Your life will throw curve balls at you, and you will without a doubt have your ups and downs. Keep trying and continue to grow.

Laughing, crying, joy, mistakes and anger… all are vital. All make us human.

Believe in yourself.

-Tim Hlivia is the owner of Leverage Fitness Studio in Forty Fort.